Parents and Grand Parents Program to be Re-opened from January 28

Federal Government of Canada is going to re-open the program – PGP to the interested sponsors with the program starting from January 28.

Parents and Grand Parents Program (PGP) gives a pathway to the Canadian citizens and permanent residence with the age of above 18 years to sponsor their parents/grandparents for Canadian permanent residence. Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has targeted to accept 20,000 applications under this program that will be processed in the year 2019.

How to apply for Parent and Grand Parents Program?

For people who want to sponsor their parents/grandparents for permanent residence visa will have to complete an Interest to Sponsor form, which will be available from noon Eastern Standard Time on January 28. Once the Interest to Sponsor applications are submitted, they are processed by IRCC and Invitation to Apply (ITA) will be issued to the applicants once IRCC has met their program’s cap of 20,000 applications.

IRCC has decided to use the first in, first served approach for accepting the applications scrapping the controversial randomized lottery process that was introduced last year. This approach was criticized as it was unfair to the applicants who had been waiting for years to sponsor their parents/grandparents.

Once an applicant has completed an Interest to Sponsor form it is not considered an application but it rather notifies the IRCC of applicant’s wish to be considered as a potential sponsor.

Applicants first need to meet the program’s requirements that include the threshold for Minimum Necessary Income (MNI). Potential sponsors will be needed to upload a copy of status in Canada document while submitting their Interest to Sponsor form.

Candidates who have submitted their application online will be notified whether they are invited or not. Applicants who are invited to apply are given the duration of 60 days to submit their completed application that includes all supporting documents.

Reference is taken from CIC News

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